Brian Sloan, Chief Executive at Age Scotland has written this great piece in The Scotsman on lonelines. The article outlines the detrimental health impacts that loneliness brings and can be as bad as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. It is estimated that it can increase the risk of death by 10% and can increase the likelihood of heart disease, blood clots and cancer in some cases. Read the full article here: http://www.scotsman.com/news/brian-sloan-everybody-does-need-somebody-sometimes-1-3971374.
With an estimated 40,000 older people in Scotland spending Christmas alone this year it is clear to see more needs to be done on tackling the silent killer. You can help tackle loneliness this Christmas by volunteering with Food Train Friends befriending service which offers 1-1 and telephone befriending or if you know an older person that could benefit from this service please call Dumfries on 01387 279111 or Dundee on 01382 459202 or visit: http://www.thefoodtrain.co.uk/our-services/food-train-friends.